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Clearly A Benchmark, Potentially A Requirement

Written by  Steve Davis

The NFPA 1600 “Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs” is designed to be a description of the basic criteria for a comprehensive program that addresses disaster recovery, emergency management, and business continuity. Clearly a benchmark and potentially a requirement, NFPA 1600 should be an important influence on your program. This article discusses the standard and the implications for emergency, continuity, and disaster recovery planners. The committee will meet next month to discuss revisions to NFPA 1600, which is due to be published in 2004. In case you don’t know, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international nonprofit codes and standards organization. Don’t let the words “national” and “fire” in the NFPA’s name confuse you. The NFPA is truly an international body with more than 60,000 members from all over the world. Less than a quarter of these members are affiliated with fire departments. The majority of the members